Dean Harmon: So the question, then, is how to deal with the matter of the Reverand Alden, and the reality of his relationship with Mrs. Craig. Now, I've known Reverend Alden for 26 years, Harriet. He taught me theology at the seminary. I've never known a finer minister, or a better man. You must know that. He's been your minister and your friend for years. You must know in your heart that Robert Alden is not capable of conduct that is anything but the most honorable.
Harriet: Oh, well, surely, Russell, you must know that even the just man can fall!
Dean Harmon: Yes, but not Robert Alden! Not in the way that you suggest! Don't punish him for my mistakes, Harriet! Why should he be forced, especially by you, to make the same mistakes I did? Now, he has a chance for happiness with the woman he loves. Don't deny him that. This time, it's your decision, Harriet.